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Mum feared toddler would fall from Sheffield hotel window in chilling prediction two years before boy, 5, fell to his death

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A woman staying at a hotel in Sheffield claims that she was scared her children would “fall out” of the window, two years before a five-year-old fell to his death at the very same hotel.

On Wednesday (August 18), Mohammed Monib Majeedi – a five-year-old Afghan refugee – tragically fell to his death from the window of a room at the OYO Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel in Blonk Street, at around 2.30pm.

Emergency services raced to the scene in Sheffield city centre but the little boy, who had only arrived in Sheffield with his family on the weekend, could not be saved.

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A member of staff at the hotel told one of our reporters that little Mohammed had fallen from a window at the back of the hotel, onto the NCP car park below.

And Google Maps images of the hotel shows numerous windows, toward the very top floor, wide open.

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In a comment beneath one of the hotel’s Facebook posts in 2019, a previous guest at the hotel appears to have complained about this very issue and claimed that the windows opened so wide that she was “scared [her] children would fall out”.

The woman shared photographs which she claims had been taken from inside her hotel room, showing a window multiple stories high with no safety latch, which was open wide enough for a person to fit through.

In one of the photos, the woman appears to have leaned forward to show the sheer drop from her window onto the car park below.

Part of the woman’s complaint reads: “The rooms we booked had no fans they were broken. I could not open the window as it opened so wide I was scared my children would fall out.

“[…] Look at this no safety what so ever. A sleepless night if you have children and it’s hot & your not given a fan!”



In the public complaint, the woman uploaded this photograph
In the public complaint, the woman uploaded this photograph

The OYO Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel is yet to release a formal statement in relation to the tragic death of Mohammed Monib Majeedi, but South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that their enquiries are continuing.

YorkshireLive approached the hotel for comment but has not received a response.

The boy’s family are being supported by specially trained officers and the Home Office have confirmed that they are assisting them with alternative accommodation.

A Government spokesperson said: “We are extremely saddened by the tragic death of a child at a hotel in Sheffield. The police are providing support to the family while the investigation continues and we are providing accommodation and support.”



A previous guest posted this photo of a sheer drop onto the car park below her room
A previous guest posted this photo of a sheer drop onto the car park below her room

The Refugee Council has since called for a review into the housing offered to those fleeing the Taliban, after police confirmed that the little boy and his family had arrived in the UK from Afghanistan.

A fellow Afghan refugee, who witnessed the horrific death, told Yorkshire Live that Mohammed and his family had first arrived at Birmingham Airport “three or four weeks ago” before quarantining in Manchester and then arriving here in Sheffield just days ago.

The witness said that the family included Mohammed’s parents and “three boys and two girls”, they added: “If the dad is working for the Americans or the English then their lives are in danger in Afghanistan.



Mohammed Monib Majeedi

“They came here to save their lives, they came for a new life here, but unfortunately…”

Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council, has passed on his condolences to Mohammed’s family at this horrific time.

He said: “I am absolutely heartbroken that a young boy has lost his life in this way. My deepest thoughts are with the family of little Mohammed, I can’t begin to imagine what they are going through.

“As a council we have been at the hotel to offer assistance and, in partnership with the police, will support the family in any way we possibly can.

“While details are still emerging and the police continue to investigate, it’s not appropriate for me to comment further, except to say that this is an incredibly sad time.”

Police continue to urge anyone with information about this tragedy to come forward and help them with their enquiries, information can be passed on by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 489 of 18 August.

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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